Description of a Manticore
A Manticore with the body of a lion, head of a human, and tail of a scorpion, is a vicious man-eater. This monster is described as having three rows of teeth, one behind the other, and a need to feed off human flesh. Its name literally means "man eater".
The Manticore is has a reddish colored body and blue or grayish eyes. Some species even has wings. The Manticore is part of a family of mythological creatures called chimera, which are made up of parts of different animals, as well as being part human.
The Manticore is distinguished anatomically like the sphinx with only the head being human. A Manticore is commonly a male creature, while the sphinx is female. The Manticore has many times been confused with different types of winged lion creatures. However, the Manticore always has a tail like a scorpion.
When the Manticore is usually sighted
The full moon brings the Werewolf, however, the new moon will bring the threat of the vicious man eating Manticore. Manticores are mainly lion like in form yet are twice as big as a lion, and much more ferocious. They are quite an intelligent hunter which makes them even more dangerous. Manticores also have dragon wings that allow them to fly for brief periods of time. They have the tale of a Scorpion with a sting that causes instant death in humans. According to myth these monsters were driven deep below the Earth by Greek Gods, and were watched over by Hades. Every so often a Manticore will find its way to the surface, and escape, but since they are repelled by both the light from the moon, and the sun, they only appear on a new moon.
A few sightings have been confirmed including a few in the United States. The increased paranormal draw of Halloween may be partly responsible for the Manticore sightings, although we suspect some magic influence involved in their escape. Ironically these hellish horrors are virtually immune to standard magic. Generally only a seasoned Sorcerer can take on these titanic terrors.
We regret to inform you that if you spot one you're already dead. We aren't even going to bother telling you to run, call paranormal professionals, or defend yourself. It would be futile, and prolong the agony of your demise. Unless your a Sorcerer, high level Wizard, or a being descended from Gods, or Angels then you're simply done for. Luckily they will perish in even 3% moon light so all you have to do is stay indoors, and lock the doors until the moon is at 3% full. And yes you will be safe inside your home unless the Manticore has already targeted you outside. The global curse that governs vampires, and prevents them from entering a human dwelling partially applies to Manticores so you can sleep safely. Anyone roaming about wooded areas near exits of the Underworld is in grave danger as well.
Unfortunately there aren't any Manticore hunters like Werewolf hunters. Manticores are nearly impossible to kill, and would easily eat a Werewolf for a snack. Of course the two never meet since Werewolves bask in the light of the full moon while the Manticore cowers away from the light. Simply stay indoors until the new moon has past, and the malevolent Manticore has burst into ash in the moonlight or is driven back to the Underworld where they belong.
Origins of the Manticore or Martyaxwar
The mythology behind this strange creature began in Persia, where it was first known as the Martyaxwar which literally translates to "man-eater". As the legend moved west, the name shifted to a more Greek pronunciation, and this creature became most famously known in Greek mythology as "Manticore". Though it had the head of a human, it was considerably more monster than man. It could not speak any languages, and had a voice that was described as sounding like a trumpet. That's not to say the Manticore wasn't clever. Its favorite way to lure prey was to hide its red lion body in the tall grass so from a distance humans would see only the head of a man. Those who were fooled into coming too close were never seen again. And I mean never. In Greek mythology this beast would devour a human whole, including all of their clothes and all of their possessions, leaving nothing left for family or friends to find. Often people who had gone missing were assumed to have been eaten by one of these rarely seen monsters.
Manticore mythology held strong over several centuries. Eventually tales of this mythical monster had spread to India as well, where it became a popular legend, as well as an omen of bad luck and misfortune. Savvy monster followers will notice that the Manticore is very similar in shape to the famous Egyptian Sphinx, whose legend actually originates from the Greek. Despite the physical similarity (body of a lion with the head of a man), the Sphinx is actually a completely different creature. Unlike its Persian predecessor, the Sphinx was quite brilliant and spoke eloquently, offering humans a chance to save their lives by answering a riddle. If they failed, the Sphinx would typically eat them. So maybe the two aren't so different after all.